Daily activity 38: Monty Python

May 13, 2020

This week’s theme:

Mysterious News… This Week In History

Fact of the day:

On this week in May 1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python formed.

Resources list:

Youtube; riddles download; 2 plastic plant pots/beakers/bowls; paper and pens; stop motion app; old magazines, scissors and glue; cardboard and pens, stick.

Activity 1:

On the 11th May 1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python formed, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin.

In their honour, it’s time to practice your Ministry Of Silly Walks walks! What’s the silliest walk you can do? What other daft ministries could you create? Ministry of silly waves? Ministry of silly noises? Ministry of silly faces?

Activity 2:

In the film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, the bridgekeeper asks the characters to answer riddles to get over a bridge. Have a go at solving these Riddles. Can you come up with any riddles of your own? Share them with us on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Activity 3:

Whenever there was a horse in Monty Python they used coconut shells to mimic its hooves. See from 1.15minutes here. Try and find something in your house that would make the sound of horses hooves – two plastic bowls, plant pots, or tumblers clapped together, maybe? Trot around your house in ‘full equine motion’!!

Activity 4:

Have a sing along to Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life and practice your whistling skills!

What things make you feel happy and hopeful? Make a list and decorate them with happy faces.

Is laughter important to help you feel good? Do you know any jokes that you could tell? Share them with us on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Try a spot of laughter yoga.

Activity 5:

Monty Python featured some surreal stop-motion animations. – you could make some of these of your own if you have the stop-motion technology such as such as free software such as this (for Android) or this (for Apple).

You could create some collaged scenes using magazine images to create mash-up characters, or you could play with perspective creating collages such as extra large cats stood on top of tiny cars, or whatever you want in your surreal collage artwork!

Or, you could create a giant foot from carboard to attach to a stick and play with perspective to squish distant objects with it! (See here! ) If you get any good photos or videos of your squishings share them with us! You can put them our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!

Add on Activity:

Check out this news article about people posting a sign asking their neighbours to commence silly walking past their house! Could you put up something similar to bring a bit of joy to your street or neighbours?

How many times can you say ‘Spam’?